Last year I started a page to highlight medical conferences that make an effort to incorporate social media and FOAM into their programming – Conference FOAM. Only two conferences made the list at the time, the inaugural SMACC and the International EM Teaching Course. Nobody else was doing much of anything to activate attendees and to reach those who could not physically attend. At most, if conferences were lucky enough to have some Twitter types in attendance they would end up with a good twitter feed. Things are slowly changing. Organizers are realizing the added value of FOAM and SoMe involvement. This year we can add Resuscitation 2014 and two Canadian conferences – CCME/Ottawa Conference and ICRE – to the list.
Resus14 is stepping up its social media presence by inviting those in attendance to be more active, by hosting moderated Twitter Q&A, and also by providing some materials online for free (full disclosure: I am a member of the social media team for #Resus14). CCME will be hosting a pre-conference “Social Media Bootcamp” with leading speakers from the FOAM world and ICRE is conducting a pre-conference “Social Media in Medical Education Summit.” And once again, amazing content is expected from SMACC and the IEMTC (a spring session was added to IEMTC this year, see their website for more details).
For full details on these conferences visit the Conference FOAM page.
To keep up with all EM, CC, and related conferences, including hashtags, twitter handles, and submission deadlines, check out the continually updated Conferences page.
If you know of any conference affiliated FOAM and social media activities that I’ve missed let me know so I can add them to the list!